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Code 46
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Directed By
Michael Winterbottom

Cast:
Tim Robbins, Samantha Morton, Om Puri, Jeanne Balibar, Togo Igawa, Nabil Elouhabi

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Code 46 (2004)
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Movie Review by Zara
December 2nd, 2007

I'm the first person to defend the right to legal abortions as well as the first person to denounce the overuse of fertility "helpers." Mainly because I feel that the people who try to tell women that they shouldn't get abortions are religious nuts who are all about the bible until the decide that they need science's help. Then bring on the IVF!!

The movie looks over what might happen in the near future, when a combination of overuse of IVF, DNA cloning and the like end up with a population where you run a high risk of being genetically identical to someone you might have never met. Tests are extensively run to make sure that unexpected pregnancies don't occur and if they do, the government steps in and performs and abortion and a mental erasure of the sex act. They also induce a "virus" which prevents you from replicating that act, giving you symptoms which cause you to be adverse to the person that you are a genetic match to.

But love has a tendency of not understanding the rules. And people have a tendency of not being very good people, even when they think that they're trying their best to do the right thing. I was most bothered in this movie by the fact that with all of the advancements that are getting made (and continuing to be made) that we're still left with the archaic one-two punch of women being a slave to their biologies and men getting off the hook far too easily.

The burden, I tell you.

There is also a very sparse look to the film, which adds to the bleakness of the storyline. Plus the added interesting feature of how our language will evolve to include phrases within several dialects, especially a great deal of Spanish slang.

And look for Mick Jones, real member from The Clash, singing "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" (A Clash song) in the karaoke bar.

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